Deadly Plane Crash In Polk County
(Winter Haven, FL) -- The NTSB is looking into a deadly plane crash in Polk County. Investigators were on the ground yesterday in Winter Haven where the plane crashed into a home on Idylridge Drive. Sixty-four-year-old pilot James Wagner died in the crash of his UC-One SeaBee plane just after takeoff from Winter Haven Regional Airport. A student pilot suffered minor injuries, and a 17-year-old girl inside the home is hospitalized in stable condition.
Governor Rescinds Three Appointments To St. Johns River Board
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Changes could be coming to a board that protects the St. Johns River. Governor Ron DeSantis last week rescinded three appointments to the river's Water Management District that were made by former Governor Rick Scott. One of the appointments affected was that of Chairman John Miklos, who tells FloridaPolitics.com he won't apply for reappointment. In addition, the News-Journal reports the terms of three other board members, including Vice Chairman Fred Roberts, are set to expire at the end of the month.
Launch Plans Confirmed For Crew Dragon
(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- NASA is closer to taking what it calls an absolutely critical first step toward putting astronauts back in orbit. NASA and SpaceX announced last week they have finalized plans to launch a test dummy next Saturday aboard the Crew Dragon, which will be on a Falcon 9 rocket. If the mission to the International Space Station is successful, human pilots could begin testing in a few months for a trip to space. A NASA official tells Florida Today it feels great to think of putting astronauts back in space again.
Teen Arrested For Having Gun At Festival
(St. Augustine, FL) -- A teenager is facing charges for allegedly bringing a gun to a festival in St. Johns County. St. Augustine Police say someone at the Cathedral Festival tipped them off that someone had a gun Friday night. They found the 15-year-old and, after a patdown, they found the gun tucked into his pants. There's no word on why he had a gun or how he got it, but no one was hurt.
Teen Crashes Through School's Skylight
(Gainesville, FL) -- A teenager is hurt after a bizarre incident in Alachua County. The unidentified boy fell through a skylight at the Buchholz High gym Friday night during a wrestling tournament. The boy was taken away by ambulance, but there's no word on his condition or why he was on the roof in the first place.
Mother & Son Reunite After 51 Years
(Tampa, FL) -- A Tampa Bay man credits a DNA test for a reunion more than 50 years in the making. Jeff Snyder was adopted 51 years ago, and after registering on Ancestry.com, he heard a few months ago from his birth mother. The two recently met at Tampa International Airport and shared a tearful hug. Judy Newkirk tells Fox 13 News she held him for six hours after he was born, and she waited all these years to do it again.
Confused Husband Buys Wife Turnips Instead Of Tulips For Valentine's Day
(Frankfort, KY) -- A confused husband in Kentucky admits he wasn't paying attention when he mistakenly bought his wife turnips instead of tulips on Valentine's Day. Allan Harris apparently told his wife, Nina, that her Valentine's Day gift had arrived on the morning of February 14th. Nina said she was drinking her morning coffee when Allan exclaimed, "Your turnips are here!" Nina had told her husband the night before that she wanted tulips for Valentine's Day. Allen admitted that he wasn't playing very close attention to his wife and thought she wanted turnips for her garden.
British Nudist Group Plans Roller Coaster World Record Attempt
(Blackpool, England) -- A British nudist group seeks to break a world record for the most naked riders on a roller coaster. British Naturism says it hopes at least 103 people will participate in the Guinness World Record attempt at the theme park Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Blackpool, England. The current record was set in 2010 when 102 people rode a roller coaster in Essex, England. Prospective participants are asked to register through British Naturism or through the theme park.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2005, police in Wichita, Kansas announced they had made an arrest in the notorious BTK serial killer case. Fifty nine-year-old city employee, Dennis Rader was accused of terrorizing the city with a series of murders dating back to the 1970s.
1989, Tom Landry was fired after 29 years as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
1964, seven-to-one underdog Cassius Clay knocked out Sonny Liston to win the world heavyweight boxing title. The next day he changed his name to Muhammad Ali.
1870, Hiram R. Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, became the first black member of the U.S. Senate as he was sworn in to serve out the unexpired term of Jefferson Davis.
1836, Samuel Colt received a U.S. patent for his Colt 45 pistol.